binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that binds
2 : a material or device used to bind: such as
a : the cover and materials that hold a book together
b : a narrow fabric used to finish raw edges
c : a device that holds a boot firmly to a ski or snowboard

binding

adjective

Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that binds
2 : imposing an obligation

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Other Words from binding

Adjective

bindingly \ ˈbīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce binding (audio) \ adverb
bindingness noun

Examples of binding in a Sentence

Noun a carpet edged with canvas binding The bindings have started to come loose. Adjective The contract is legally binding. The parties agreed to settle the dispute through binding arbitration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of waiting for the bag to sell, sellers can get a free binding offer, mail it to Rebag with free shipping, and get paid within one to two days. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Online Consignment Sites to Score Vintage Fashion," 5 Jan. 2021 These could impact the binding of the virus to human cells and also its recognition by the immune system, Farrar says. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "U.K. variant puts spotlight on immunocompromised patients’ role in the COVID-19 pandemic," 23 Dec. 2020 When the cover is removed, the binding as a physical structure remains. Paul Needham, The New York Review of Books, "A Proper Burial," 5 Nov. 2020 The pages themselves are pitted and scarred, and the book’s binding is partly shredded. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Where artists engage with the earth," 4 Dec. 2020 As the acid dissolves the binding between skin cells, thousands of them usually come off at the same time. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: Acids for Skin Care Ingredient Guide," 19 Nov. 2020 With 192 pages of acid-free and a strong binding, your loved one will be able to hold onto this notebook for years to come. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "These notebooks are excellent gifts," 28 Sep. 2020 The idea of a transitional presidency implies a drawing of breath, a period of calm after the Trumpian tempest, America as a giant field hospital devoted to the binding of wounds. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Afterlife," 10 Nov. 2020 Add vertical strips of washi tape in another color or pattern along the binding. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "13 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pierluisi vowed to advocate for Puerto Rican statehood, noting that a majority (52%) of islanders voted to become the 51st state during a non-binding referendum in November. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Puerto Rico swears in pro-statehood governor," 2 Jan. 2021 These covenants of habitability that every landlord in Minnesota must follow are legally binding, regardless of your lease. Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "COVID-19 guidelines for landlords," 25 Dec. 2020 Alex: Thankfully, the quiz was not legally binding. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Transcript: The Vaccine Pipeline," 16 Dec. 2020 It’s not a legally binding commitment to those specific projects, and therefore wasn’t included in the ballot language. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside voters to consider $160 million for school upgrades," 26 Oct. 2020 Though neither side disclosed the details of the Monday discussion, the administration official said the framework accord under discussion would include a politically binding commitment to freeze the total number of nuclear warheads on each side. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S., Russia Move Toward Outline of Nuclear Deal, Administration Says," 5 Oct. 2020 The proposal, which would still need to be adopted by EU governments later this month, is not legally binding. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Rights activists slam EU plan for access to encrypted chats," 9 Nov. 2020 But attorney general opinions aren’t legally binding, and in the case involving Riley, the judge ruled against Paul, effectively clearing the foreclosure to go forward. Taylor Goldenstein, ExpressNews.com, "Court records depict how investor Nate Paul wielded AG Ken Paxton legal opinion," 6 Nov. 2020 The Green New Deal is a non-binding resolution of values. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Climate Policy or Piety?," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of binding

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of binding was in the 13th century

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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Binding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binding. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for binding

binding

noun
How to pronounce binding (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cover of a book
: a narrow strip of cloth attached along the edge of something
: a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

: forcing or requiring someone to do something because of a promise, agreement, etc.

binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Kids Definition of binding

1 : the cover and the fastenings of a book
2 : a narrow strip of fabric used along the edge of an article of clothing
3 : a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

Legal Definition of binding

1 : imposing a legal obligation the agreement is binding on the parties
2 : requiring submission to a specified authority the suppression order was binding on the Department of TransportationNational Law Journal

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